The Blair Trilogy… or Quadrilogy?

English film writer Peter Morgan is the mastermind behind three films on the political career of Tony Blair. The Deal examines how Tony Blair managed to take the leadership of the Labour Party away from Gordon Brown. The Queen looks at PM Blair’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth II during the public drama surrounding the death of Princess Diana. And The Special Relationship explores the growth of the relationship between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.

Morgan is a leftist critic of Blair with an unsympathetic view of the former Prime Minister. That comes out clearly in the first film. However, when placed against figures who appear to be even vulnerable when compared to Blair–Queen Elizabeth and President Clinton–the character looks stronger in the next two films.

Much to my delight, Morgan has said that he has another Tony Blair film in him, which is excellent news — I think that a final film that explores Blair’s commitment to President Bush would be a superb piece of work. Tony Blair as the moral crusader is seen in the end of the third film, where Blair says after the successful ouster of Milosovich: “Let no one ever doubt again the moral justification for invading another country for humanitarian ends.” The film then ends with Clinton warning Blair about working with the Bush administration, and then there is the actual footage of the the first press conference between Bush and Blair in early 2001. When seen after the warm and human relationship with Clinton, the first Bush meeting looks like an uncomfortable and wooden event. Seeing it in as a televised drama would add depth and an understandable narrative to a complicated relationship.

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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3 Responses to The Blair Trilogy… or Quadrilogy?

  1. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    The bits I have seen are indeed outstanding… I plan to watch them all in series…

  2. Thomas says:

    I’ve only seen “The Queen” but it strikes me that the Blair/Bush relationship, the relationship that ultimately ousted him from office in the UK would make a much stronger third act than a fourth.

    No less, I’m going to have to check out these other two films. Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. Ralph Hitchens says:

    “The Queen” plays up the degree to which Blair’s PM staff was anti-Royalist, imbued with a fair degree of contempt for the Monarchy — and the firm sincerity with which Blair faced them down. It will be interesting to see if Peter Morgan portrays a similar dynamic at work with regard to the “special relationship” and George W. Bush in particular. Evidence suggests that many in the British government were under no illusions about the joint crusade on which they were about to embark.